The bishop of Hamburg, Maria Jepsen, has resigned from her office. This she announced on Friday at a press conference in Hamburg (statement in the wording). Jepsen thus drew the consequence from increasing criticism of her handling of an abuse case in the North Elbian regional church. The 65-year-old Jepsen was the first female Lutheran bishop in the world.
Because her "credibility is in doubt," she feels unable to "continue to tell the good news as I promised before God and the congregation at my ordination and my episcopal inauguration," Jepsen's statement said. The sister of one of the victims had published an affidavit on Thursday about her encounter with Hamburg Bishop Jepsen in the late 1990s. Afterwards she had addressed the bishop in Lubeck after a lecture and had spoken about the sexual abuse of the Ahrensburg pastor Dieter K. at children and young people informed.Jepsen had then told her that she wanted to take care of it. The victim is a woman from Ahrensburg who, according to her own statements, had been sexually abused by the pastor between the ages of 16 and 20.K, the pastor from Ahrensburg. allegedly sexually abused several male and female youths from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. The now-retired chaplain had been removed from the congregation after initial indications in 1999, but had continued to work as a chaplain at the Schleswig juvenile detention center and as a religion teacher at an Ahrensburg high school. Jepsen and Kabmann are now connected aprupt En At the beginning of April 1992, Maria Jepsen was elected the world's first female Evangelical Lutheran bishop in the Michel in Hamburg. She retained this special position in Germany for seven years: It was not until 1999 that Margot Kabmann became the second woman bishop in Hanover.Jepsen and Kabmann are now also united by the abrupt end of their careers as bishops: Kabmann had resigned from all church leadership positions at the end of February. This was the consequence of her driving under the influence of alcohol. The Catholic Church has also already had its bishop resign this year: Augsburg Bishop Walter Mixa had to resign in April due to a wide range of allegations. Term of office went until summer 2012 On 19. January of this year Jepsen had turned 65 years old. Her term would actually not have ended until the summer of 2012. Born in Bad Segeberg in 1945, she studied classical philology and theology in Tubingen, Kiel and Marburg after graduating from high school. From 1972 to 1990, she was a pastor in Meldorf and Leck in Schleswig-Holstein, and in 1991 she became the first woman to take over the office of provost in the then church district of Harburg in northern Elbia. The principle of her style of ministry is her personal presence. "Being able to speak and listen – that is important to me."She always sought direct conversation, and was tirelessly on the move in the city. In addition to official appointments and meetings, events and anniversaries, the visits were primarily aimed at social or diaconal institutions and groups at the church base. AIDS aid, hospices, daycare centers, hospitals, shelters for the homeless: Church must also be "voice of the silent". Their motto: With each other, not about each other For her, Sunday services are part of the core of Christian life. The pastors of her Hamburg-Lubeck parish always had to reckon with the bishop coming to worship with them. She did not want this to be understood as an official visitation, but as an inviting accompaniment. "As a pastor, you should only celebrate services that you yourself like to go to," she advised the chaplains.In ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, too, it is important to talk directly to each other, not about each other, was her motto. Personal contacts with the Jewish community and Muslim mosques were important to her. She could also accept the call of the muezzin in Hamburg, she explained. Her relationship with Catholic auxiliary bishop Hans-Jochen Jaschke and Archbishop Werner Thissen was recently considered excellent.